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Allegiant under fire after '60 Minutes' safety report

Allegiant plane in the air Shares of the budget airline were down sharply in pre-market trading
Kelvin Reese | 17 April, 2018, 18:38

Allegiant is St.Pete Clearwater Airport's biggest customer with more than 14,000 flights a year and $2 million in airport revenue. Earlier this month, the airline announced new flights from Jacksonville to Louisville, Kentucky, and Norfolk, Virginia.

"We are disappointed yet again by another feeble attempt to damage the reputation of our hard-working team members and that of our company".

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If you are aware of any facts relating to this investigation, or purchased Allegiant shares, you can assist this investigation by visiting the firm's site: www.bgandg.com/algt. He says, "I was quite alarmed".

Does Allegiant have more issues than other carriers?

"It was really simple", Gaul said.

But FAA officials have said they are vigilant monitoring safety efforts at all airlines, and found no systemic problems at Allegiant.

Gust went on to say, "Allegiant complies with all FAA requirements and participates in numerous voluntary safety programs to ensure we operate at the highest possible standard".

"My reaction to the show is anger that the public is being subjected to some known dangers".

A Versailles woman flying out of Cincinnati captured one of those scary moments when an engine blew on takeoff. "It is something that is terrifying to pilots and passengers".

However it also noted that if the CEO of Allegiant, Maurice Gallagher seems familiar, it's because he was "one of the founders of Valujet, another low-priced carrier with the same business model as Allegiant". Many local Allegiant flyers are now reacting to the allegations. "Not with what I know now".

Gust also accused "60 Minutes" of using "years-old" incidents and "outdated statistics" for their report, which he claimed was "instigated by a terminated employee" who is involved in a lawsuit against the company. Booth offered some advice. "I think you have to be proactive".

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Allegiant buys used planes to keep costs down.

Allegiant said it is "offensive" to imply the company would ask anyone to operate an unsafe aircraft. It is phasing out the MD-80s, which burn far more fuel than new planes. Since that story aired, the airline has come under fire.

The Punta Gorda Airport said it would continue working with the airline to provide safe travel for its passengers.

Matt Jones fumbled with his cellphone, trying to call his wife to say goodbye, as crew members on Allegiant Flight 822 ordered him to tuck into crash position over Baltimore.

The FAA increased its monitoring of Allegiant in 2016 because of labor tension with its pilots.

According to 60 Minutes, 30% of Allegiant planes are older MD80s that were purchased second-hand from foreign airlines.

Our Scripps sister station in Las Vegas, KTNV, also reported on safety concerns in an extensive investigation two and a half years ago.

US Representative Charlie Crist, a Florida Democrat, wrote separately to the Transportation Department, demanding the agency "take action to improve passenger safety", as well as to hold Allegiant accountable for past safety failures.

It asked the question whether or not the low-priced Las Vegas-based carrier was safe to fly. "Anything less could lead to disastrous consequences".

A dramatic video taken by an Allegiant passenger showed fumes and smoke filling the cabin as the plane landed in Fresno, California in September.

"The number of in-flight incidents that Allegiant has had speaks volumes, it is simply unacceptable", Alan Price, a former chief pilot for Delta Air Lines, said.

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